Every Roof Leak, Even Small Leaks Are Emergencies

A roof leak is a type of property damage that requires immediate attention regardless of its size. Some homeowners mistakenly think that if they detect a small leak, they have a short length of time to address it. This is ill-advised because a lot can happen in a short period of time especially if it is during a rainy season. Small leaks that are allowed to fester for a lengthy amount of time can turn into big roofing issues because the leaks will allow moisture to spread. Extensive moisture damages can lead to a need for a roof replacement. The following points will help you to understand the potential consequences of not treating roof leaks as an emergency matter. 


Roof leaks allow precipitation to enter, and the wetness will promote mold growth. The mold may attack the roofing system. It can also start to grow in the attic area and spread throughout a home. Mold can thrive in attics and behind the walls and ceilings in a home undetected. Even after a roof repair has been performed, mold can continue to spread. Timely repairs can reduce the chances of the toxic substance forming.

Structural Damage

Ignoring a roof leak or postponing a repair does not only put the roofing system at risk. The impact of the moisture can also spread to other building materials. This can negatively impact the structural soundness of homes. A significant portion of most homes is composed of wood. Exposure to excess moisture can weaken and deteriorate wood. In an extreme case, the damages can make it a high risk and probability of a roof collapsing or have negative impacts on the foundation of a home

Fire Risk

The moisture from a roof leak can damage insulation. The leak can also make the portions of the electrical system that are located in the ceiling susceptible to damage. Moisture and electricity are not a good mix. The combination of damaged insulation and electrical wiring could create a hazardous situation and lead to a fire.

Energy Efficiency Impact

Roof leaks are the result of a compromised area in roofs. These holes/entry points are gateways for energy to escape. This negatively impacts energy efficiency and will likely mean higher energy bills especially if there is insulation damage.

Sometimes homeowners are oblivious that they have roof leaks. These undetected leaks can silently wreak the same havoc as known leaks. This is why it is a good idea to peer into your attic from time-to-time and take note of signs of moisture or the presence of water. Another good defense against leaks is using a roofer as a resource for routine roofing inspections.